Vienna OKs water tank rehab project ordinance

VIENNA – The Vienna City Council passed the third reading of the bond ordinance for the water tank rehab project during its Thursday evening meeting.

More than 80 people gathered in the council chambers to hear presentations and bond ordinance readings.

No one spoke at the public forum for the water tank rehab project. The city council held the third public reading of the ordinance permitting the city to borrow up to $1.2 million for the refurbishing of three water tanks in the city, said Mayor Randy Rapp.

City council voted unanimously to approve the second reading of the ordinance amending the fire prevention code by creating a penalty structure for building code and fire code violations.

The council heard the recommendation of the budget and finance committee to approve several bids.

The recommendation to approve the water tank refurbishing project bid of 2.34 percent with no fee, offered by BB&T, was unanimously approved by the City Council.

The City Council unanimously voted to approve the budget and finance recommendation to accept the Matheny Motors bid for the price of three utility trucks. Each truck will cost the city a total of $27,462, said Steve Black, city finance director. This price reflects an offer to trade in the three trucks the new ones will be replacing, at a trade allowance of $3,500 each.

“Considering that of the three trucks in question, one is over 12 years old, and a different one simply doesn’t run despite attempts to repair it, I think $3,500 trade allowance per vehicle is a good offer,” said Rapp.

Maintenance records of these three vehicles, and all other city vehicles, are available for inspection by the public at the city building upon request, Rapp said.

The combined cost of the three vehicles will be split equally between the general fund and the Utility Board, due to the equal split of use between the two for each vehicle, Black said. The cost to each fund will be $41,193, Black said.

The City Council also unanimously approved the budget and finance recommendation to approve the bid of Scots Landscape Nurseries for the flower planting and maintenance throughout the city in 2014.

This was the only bid submitted for the project, Black said. The bid was for $12,774.

The council heard the presentation of Craig Richards, engineer with Burgess and Niple, for an amendment of the cost of engineering services on the 28th Street bridge project.

With a unanimous vote, the council approved the amendment of an additional cost of up to $56,500 for services during the bridge project. This includes a possible $7,000 cost if the sanitary sewer close to the construction site requires relocation, Richards said.

The council heard the first reading of a bond ordinance regarding campground regulations. This ordinance will provide a written definition for what constitutes a campground in the city, Rapp said.

The budget process for the city continues to be tweaked, said Councilman Paul Thornton. As of the Thursday evening meeting, the city stands at $488,932 over budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Thornton said.

Additional adjustments will be made over the next week to bring this down further, Thornton said.

The council meeting saw three special presentations.

Randy Vanover and Justin Taylor, managing partners at Moe’s Southwest Grill, presented a check to Rod Shuman, president of Vienna Recreation, for $2,203.75. The money was half of what was raised in Moe’s “Pay What You Want” day, held on Nov. 13, 2013, said Vanover.

“We are happy to support the community by helping Vienna Rec(reation),” said Vanover.

The second presentation saw Joey Shepard, 13, of Boy Scout Troop 20, thank the mayor for permitting the troop to include the Vienna “Pride of the Valley” symbol on the new neckerchiefs.

Rapp was made an honorary assistant scout master of troop 20 during the presentation.

The final presentation was the presentation of a certificate of appreciation to Buddy Roberts of the Vienna Wrestling Team, Rapp said. Roberts is retiring after 13 years of coaching the wrestling team. He was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a wrestling statue.